History of Ancient Art

By Franz Von Reber; Joseph Thacher Clarke | Go to book overview
Fig. 77. --Restoration of the Palace of Darius, Persepolis.

PERSIA.

THE fall of Nineveh, instead of being despicable -- according to the common legend -- from the weakness of Sardanapalus, the last Assyrian king, deserves rather, from the heroic ruin of the monarch with his city, to be compared to the fall of Carthage or of Jerusalem. It removed for some time the centre of Western Asiatic power farther to the east, beyond the Mesopotamian streams: first to mountainous Media, whose inhabitants, through want of culture, were better fitted to destroy than to build, and who, therefore, play almost no part in the history of art. As the short reign of Median greatness passed away, political power tended to the southeast, to Persia, which raised its world - renowned kingdom upon the ruins of the Median, and stretched the boundaries of the new empire far beyond any former compass of Western

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • Egypt. 1
  • Chaldæa, Babylonia, and Assyizia. 48
  • Persia. 99
  • PhŒnicia, Palestine, And, Asia Minor. 130
  • Hellas. 175
  • Etruria. 387
  • Rome. 413
  • Glossary. 473
  • Index 479
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